Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil. Romans 16:19
Paul is rejoicing over the what he has heard about the Romans. They were being obedient to God’s word. They were striving to live Godly lives as Jesus did.
Even though they were being obedient, Paul added something to that. He wanted them to be wise about what is good and innocent of anything that is evil.
Being wise is having the correct information and knowing what to do with it. Many people can know a lot of information, but do not correctly use it. There have been people in the church who know the laws of God, but use those laws to condemn or cut down people, instead of pointing them to Jesus to save them.
Over the years there has been believers who were violent against non-believers and would kill them because of sin. This was not using any wisdom in how to reach the lost for Jesus.
Along with using good wisdom, Paul said that they must be innocent of evil. This can be innocent of doing evil and knowing what is evil.
The world thrives on seeing and doing evil. They cannot get enough of it. That is their nature, but Christians should be different.
There are some believers that tend to purposely live in some sin or they are constantly watching sin and enjoying it. Knowing the commands God has given is all that a person needs to know about sin. The less a person knows about sin, the less chances there are for him to be tempted to sin.
Filling oneself with evil things, only pushes God out of the picture and one’s life.
As a believer strive to keep yourself pure of any evil. This is pure in action, thought, word, and sight. And do not use your knowledge of good and evil to condemn or cut a person down. Show God’s love and mercy. Use good to bring a person to a saving knowledge of Jesus and flee from all evil.
God can and will give you the wisdom you need to keep you pure and from all evil, if you allow Him to.
Living in this way will be true obedience to God’s word. Jesus came to save the world, not condemn the world.
Listen, a noise on the mountains, like that of an uproar among the kingdoms, like nations massing together! The LORD Almighty is mustering an army for war. Isaiah 13:4
God was in the process of bringing some judgement upon the nation of Babylon. His method of bringing that judgement was to raise up and army to invade the nation and punish them. Eventually God did destroy the nation and wiped them off of the face of the earth.
Today, in His sovereignty, God still uses nations to deal with other nations. He uses situations in life to control and bring about what He desires.
Although most people do not like war and many claim that God is not a God of war, but only a God of love, it is not true to be totally against war. The difference is that during the Biblical times in the Old Testament, all the wars were physical wars. People literally were killed and destroyed.
The world has a lot of physical wars going on all the time in which people are dying and being killed. Cities are being destroyed. There is physical pain and suffering. This type of events are happening daily somewhere in the world today.
However, God is raising up and army for a different type of war. The war is no longer one of physical killing, but of spiritual killing. The world wants every person to deny God and die spiritually. God wants every person to have life through Jesus.
As a believer in Jesus, you are enlisted into God’s army. This is an army that is to go out and spread the gospel message about Jesus. You are to battle against spiritual forces of evil that are in this world. Satan and the world want to destroy the works of God.
Believers need to be willing to take down the strongholds of the devil and spread God’s great love. War against the spirits of jealousy, anger, greed, gossip, lying, cheating, and all others sins, needs to be fought in your own personal life and in the lives of others.
Are you willing to go to war with God against the spiritually darkness in this world?
Are you willing to fight against the forces that fight for your soul?
God is in the process of building an army today, be a part of it.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your savior and leader; that you will be in God’s army; that you will fight the battle in God’s way; and that the forces of darkness will be destroyed by God’s power working in and through you.
Woe to the sinful nation, a people whose guilt is great, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the LORD; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him. Isaiah 1:4
It is easy to stand on the side and see the sins of others, and then blame them for the conditions of a nation. All over the nation there are many Christians who are pointing fingers at the sins of others. They often state that the nation has become a sinful nation because of others.
Although it is true that the nation has become very sinful in many different ways, one cannot just blame others for this occurrence. In reality it is a group effort to cause a whole nation to become sinful and turn away from God. It is a process of individual people slowly turning away from God.
Many believers will say that they have not turned away from God. The question is: how many times has a person turned down being the witness God called him to be?
A nation is made up of people, individual people. It is individuals who cause a nation as a whole to follow God or reject Him. It is individuals who choose to allow sin to occur. It is individuals who refuse to be a witness of who Jesus is.
When a believer chooses to not be a witness for Jesus, he is causing someone else or the nation to continue to live in sin and reject God. Every believer must give every non-believer a chance to know God and choose or reject Him. Often many will keep quiet and make the choice for the other person.
In this way, many believers have turned their backs on God. This is where Isaiah says woe to that nation and its people.
You have to take a look at your own life. How are you doing at being His witness from day-to-day?
Are you willing to tell others about Jesus every time you get the chance?
Or are you keeping silent and not wanting to offend anyone?
One causes sin to continue, while the other is doing God’s will on this earth.
Are you in partnership with this world in causing great sin?
I pray today that you will be God’s witness every chance you get; that you will keep yourself from all sin; that you will tell everyone about Jesus; and that you will not turn your back on God.